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Gina Mizell: Clint Chelf's arm accuracy needs to improve

The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's Oklahoma State Power Lunch Chat. Here's a recap of the Q&A.
BY GINA MIZELL Modified: April 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: April 16, 2013

The Oklahoman’s Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today’s Oklahoma State Power Lunch Chat. You can join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on Here’s a recap of today’s Q&A:

Gina Mizell 11:02 a.m. Hey everyone. Welcome to another OSU Power Lunch live chat. Final week of spring ball in Stillwater. Final mid-week availability for media folks tomorrow. Shoot me your questions now. Let's roll.
Guest 11:03 a.m. chelf get a shot in the arm? deep out and flag routes not "float like a butterfly?
Gina Mizell 11:05 a.m. Guess we'll see Saturday, huh? Lunt obviously has the best arm of the three...and Walsh the worst. Chelf somewhere in the middle. We saw down the stretch last season--most notably in the Baylor game--that Chelf's arm does have some notable limitations. Accuracy more than pure arm strength, I'd say. But he also has some very good qualities--his mix of arm and mobility, leadership, good teammate, etc.
Gina Mizell 11:06 a.m. We're off to a slow start here. If you've got a question, send it in.
Chris 11:10 a.m. Have you heard anything about Jeremiah Tshimanga's health status, is he practicing?
Gina Mizell 11:12 a.m. I have not, actually. That linebacker group is so stacked that I don't think he will be a factor until next season, at least. Healthy or not. That knee injury happened in fall camp, which means he could be back or may not return until the summer. I will ask tomorrow.
Guest 11:12 a.m. seen receivers in practice? if so, improvement with "hands"? way to many drops and bounces for interceptions last year
Gina Mizell 11:15 a.m. I wrote about Josh Stewart for Monday's paper ( where he talks about coming back to the ball more than letting it fall into his grasp. That, theoretically, should help with drops and the bouncing ball. Because, yeah, even though he had a fantastic sophomore season, he had at least three balls bounce off of him and into a defender's hands for a pick.
Chris 11:15 a.m. I hear Brandon Shepherd is looking good at practice, anything on CJ Curry and Seales and Company?
Gina Mizell 11:17 a.m. Yes, Sheperd has been getting very good reviews in practice from teammates and coaches (that's also mentioned in the story I just posted above). Curry is back practicing and is still regarded as a big part of the future. He's got the size and athleticism to be a big-time receiver. Seales is still a bit of a raw talent--hence why he redshirted last season--but I know coaches really like his potential.
larry 11:17 a.m. any defensive ends standing out for you in practice?
Gina Mizell 11:19 a.m. Right now, Joe Bob Clements says the top 3 are Tyler Johnson, Trace Clark and Jimmy Bean. Sam Wren and Emmanuel Ogbah are kind of the second tier and will be in the rotation mix. You can read more about that here:
Guest 11:19 a.m. gilbert doing any better on the practice field actually covering receivers? staying close enough to fight for passes?
Gina Mizell 11:22 a.m. That's the plan for the entire cornerback unit, not just Gilbert. Lots more bump and run and a lot less cushion for the receivers. It kind of captures the more "aggressive" approach that the entire defensive unit is going for. Some of that falls on the defensive ends, too, because they've got to get a pass rush to help the defensive backs. We've written a lot about the corners during the spring. You can read those stories here and here: and here: Spoiler alert: We'll also have another Gilbert story later this week.
Guest 11:22 a.m. any conversations with gundy or yurcich that give you comfort that chelf can win games against good defenses? did not do it last year.
Gina Mizell 11:27 a.m. You might be giving Baylor and OU too much credit for calling those defenses "good." I kid, I kid. As I mentioned in the first answer, some of Chelf's limitations obviously showed through in those last two regular season games. But he also did some good things--particularly in Bedlam. But the OSU defense--most notably the soft coverage--are what most contributed to those two losses, in my opinion. Chelf's accuracy needs to improve. There's no doubt about that. He doesn't have the strongest arm. There's no doubt about that. But he has a good mix of throwing and running ability and has some intangibles that can lead to being a successful quarterback in this conference.
larry 11:27 a.m. starting OL at this point in time?
Gina Mizell 11:28 a.m. From left to right: Devin Davis, Brandon Webb, Jake Jenkins, Parker Graham, Daniel Koenig. But as you know, Joe Wickline likes to mix things up. Graham's move from tackle to guard is obviously the most notable of the spring.
Guest 11:29 a.m. I have read the articles. have not been at practice. what coaches say they want and what they get are not always the same. really wanted to know if you SEE any improvement in gilbert's coverage.
Gina Mizell 11:29 a.m. Practice is closed.
Guest 11:29 a.m. have you seen the kickers in practice? if so, who will get first shot at punting (replacing the best defensive weapon OSU had last year)?
RK 11:30 a.m. Not the hot topic, but who is going to kick & punt?
Gina Mizell 11:30 a.m. Combining these since they basically ask the same thing...
Gina Mizell 11:33 a.m. This doesn't become a full position battle until incoming freshman Ben Grogan arrives in the fall. He'll have a shot to do both. When I talked to him during the recruiting process, he said he sees himself more as a kicker. But he may be needed more at punter, at least right away. Kip Smith at kicker still intrigues me. He was the top-rated kicker coming out of high school and was the starter at UCLA before transferring to OSU.
Poke fan 11:33 a.m. Did you find anything out on Matt Green, the placekicker
Gina Mizell 11:34 a.m. We have not had media availability since my last live chat, so no. Next session is tomorrow.
Guest 11:34 a.m. Is there any concerb with depth at corner. Who will back-up Gilbert, Peterson, & Lampkin?
Gina Mizell 11:36 a.m. Right now, yes, because there are only four scholarship corners out there (Miketavious Jones being the other). But depth is usually an issue at a couple positions for every team during the spring. For OSU, it's RB and CB (and K/P, I guess). Much like Peterson and Lampkin played a lot in their first season, expect 1-2 of those true freshmen coming in to see the field right away in the fall.
Guest 11:36 a.m. did not know practice closed. crud. oh well, will hopefully see at "whatever it is that ends spring practice"
Gina Mizell 11:37 a.m. Didn't used to be. Is now.
larry 11:37 a.m. muncrief show any improvement catching the ball? roland? most importantly, smith?
Gina Mizell 11:39 a.m. That's something I plan to ask Jemal Singleton about either tomorrow or after the spring game. Because he was clearly concerned about that a month ago and said it was a major focal point of the spring. He said he wasn't totally comfortable with ANY of those backs catching the football. Curious to see how that's developed.
Gina Mizell 11:41 a.m. Ok, folks. We've gone into OT in the Power Lunch chat. Slow start, but really picked up. Thanks for your questions. Keep it locked right here for all your coverage leading up to Saturday's Spring "Finale." Have a great Tuesday!


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